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14 Ways to Help Reduce Pork Production Costs

Costs are rising for feed, energy, and almost every element involved in pork production. Input costs have not gone down compared to how the price of pork has fallen since its recent peak in June 2021. This leaves producers showing margins in the red, and now is the time to look at ways they can…

Osborne to exhibit at several winter tradeshows

Osborne Industries is scheduled to exhibit at several conferences and tradeshows put on by state pork producer associations across the Midwest in January and February. The following infographic outlines each show location and Osborne’s booth number. We’d love to see you! January shows include the South Dakota Pork Congress in Sioux Falls, January 12-13, and…

Pig Heating Pads vs Heat Lamps: What’s the Difference?

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Two methods for keeping pigs warm – pig heating pads and heat lamps – are commonly used in pig farming to keep animals warm, with each method having advantages and disadvantages. For young pigs, the type of heating and where it’s placed greatly affect the animal’s health, along with how quickly the pigs grow. Creating…

Feeding System Automates Collection of Performance Data of Small Pigs

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November 16, 2021 – Advancements in farm technology over the past several decades have led to the development of several automated feeding and weighing systems, including those that automatically monitor individual animal performance. The information collected by these systems has provided critical data for genetic, feed, and pharmaceutical research while mimicking real-world production. Until now,…

14 Advantages of Utilizing Automated Pig Management Software

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Over the years, pig producers have often selected animals going to market by just visually inspecting them—a method that isn’t very accurate. Technology has transformed modern pig farming, bringing many advantages for both farmworkers and animals. Automation driven by pig management software makes farm operations much more efficient, allowing fewer workers to care for more…

12 Ways Automatic Pig Sorting Technology Can Improve Performance

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The development of smart technology for use in livestock farming offers significant advantages for hog farmers, including improvements to pig health, lower labor costs and even better meat quality. Using monitoring technology, pig farmers can now glean insights from hard data, taking much of the guesswork out of marketing meat animals. One of the more…

Overcoming bridging issues in bulk feed bins

July 6, 2021 – Bridging issues in bulk feed tanks have been a longtime challenge faced by producers. Both bridging and “rat-holing” inside bulk bins owing to feeds with added fat, extra-fine grinding, and high heat and humidity contribute to inadequate feed flow through delivery systems and frequent out-of-feed events for animals across species. Repeated…

The History of Pig Farrowing Pens

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Evidence for the domestication of sus scrofa domesticus – or in common parlance, the “domestic pig” – extends back over 10 thousand years ago, though the first examples of pig farrowing pens only appeared in the early 19th century. Some of the earliest examples come from the United Kingdom, where in 1807 “Mr. Pattinson’s Pig…

Osborne to Unveil New Small Animal Performance Testing System at World Pork Expo

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May 25, 2021 – Osborne, Kansas, USA – Understanding the correlation between individual animal performance at a young age and performance in the finishing cycle has been lacking within the industry for decades. Historically, methods of testing young, nursery-sized animals has involved individually isolating animals and manual, labor-intensive monitoring of performance characteristics affected by genetics,…

Osborne Introduces New Feed Bin Agitator Flow Pro®

Flow Pro Bin Agitator

May 19, 2021 – Osborne, Kansas, USA – Osborne Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of livestock management equipment, is pleased to introduce its new product designed to solve the ever-present problems of feed bridging in bulk bins at livestock facilities and farms. Flow Pro®, an automatic feed agitation system, uses a gently-rotating agitator…